Track and field makes do with 4Tuesday, May 04, 2010 By Paul Kessler
Only two runners showed up for the Cavs’ track meet at Bella Vista High School, April 23. Junior Damien Blake ran in the 800-meter race and placed 35th of the 41 entrants with a time of 2:21.44, while classmate Sarah Mancina finished 12th in the 800 meters and 1600 meters with times of 2:40.06 and 6:03.80. Both were personal record races for Mancina. Blake and Mancina ran against fierce competition from larger high schools such as Jesuit, St. Francis, Sheldon and Granite Bay High Schools. Mancina was placed in a warm-up race with the top-20 runners at the meet and finished 12th, before moving on to the finals. The team was missing star senior Marco Siragusa, who was in Chicago visiting DePaul University. The team of four (Blake, Mancina, Siragusa and junior Sarah Fleming) was entered in the Glenn Poole Invitational race at Oakmont High School on April 24, but not a single runner participated because of the meet only one day before. “I really wanted to go to the meet,” Mancina said, “but Marco was still gone and no one else wanted to go, especially my mom.” Meets usually take an entire day while runners wait for one or two events. Based on size, the team is fairly successful and every member has shown signs of improvement. In each event, each team member has been able to set a new personal record time. Of the four track members, Mancina is the only Cav to earn a medal this season with a 5th place result at the Falcon Invitational in Yuba City, April 17, where she beat runners from Division 1 schools.